New leadership on campus

The Lutheran Home Association recently welcomed Jacqueline E.M. Grimm as its new executive administrator for The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine campus. Ms. Grimm will oversee Kingsway Retirement Living, Boessling Lutheran Village Apartments and The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine.

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Saluting our veterans

She bent down and whispered in his ear, “Thank you for your service!” while securing an American flag pin onto his shirt. This motion was repeated almost 30 times as The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine team members Kari, Emily and Sam recognized resident veterans during a Veteran’s Day program held on Nov. 12.

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Army Veteran and Local Teacher Continue to Educate Others in Woodworking Classes

Orville “Ollie” Heitkamp decided to join the military following his college graduation from St. Thomas University in 1952. In January 1953, he volunteered for the United States Army. After completing basic training, he attended advanced training and became a radio operator. Ollie reported to Camp Stoneman in California and was assigned to duty overseas in Korea.

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Army Veteran Retires at Kingsway Retirement Living

Gordon “Gordy” Berge had one main reason for joining the United States Army: he couldn’t find another job. Following his enlistment, Gordy attended basic training in Kansas before he was transferred to Hawaii for more training in communications.

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A Taste of Italy

As a way to brighten up a few gloomy rainy days, Kingsway team members worked together to host an Italian themed lunch. June includes National Italian Day to celebrate the Festa della Repubblica so the theme was an easy choice. The lunch featured several different types of pizza, pasta, breadsticks, salad and chocolate, raspberry and creamsicle ice-cream for dessert.

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Kingsway Scholarship awarded

The 2018 Kingsway Retirement Living Scholarship was awarded to Andrew Hunsader and Noah Hastings. Both are entering the medical field and each received a $1,000 scholarship from Kingsway. An anonymous donor established the scholarship for students entering the health care field. The family’s loved one lived at Kingsway where she received outstanding care. The donor hopes others who enter the health care field carry on the tradition of outstanding care their loved one received at Kingsway.

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Recognizing our volunteers

In observance of National Volunteer Recognition Week, Kingsway Retirement Living and The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine volunteers were honored with a super-sized pizza during a luncheon held at KingsPath Senior Living.

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Dementia Friends Training

During the month of April, a Dementia Friends Champions Training was held at Kingsway Retirement Living. Training attendees were provided the knowledge needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session with community members. An Information Session is a face-to-face session that lasts approximately one hour and is run by a Dementia Friends Champion.

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A change in routine: Webinar focused on seniors and technology

When explaining benefits of Health and Safety Monitoring to older adults, Sharon Blume will often use the analogy of cars. If you think about cars from the 1950’s, when something was going wrong you wouldn’t know until the car was making a noise or stream was coming out.  To know something was wrong, there would have to be a very evident sign. A new car today has sensors that alert the driver to any potential problems.

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Reminiscing through the holidays

Barbara Droher Kline, Judy Schwartz and Judy Lloyd are three very different women; however they do have one thing in common. Each one of them shares both their time and talents with residents at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine.

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